We talk all year about how we can’t wait to spend long summer days outside, but when the heat index soars and the humidity makes those “feels like” temps creep above 90 degrees, it’s just way too hot to even think about being outdoors.
Instead of letting the heat keep you home-bound this summer, keep this list handy for last minute A/C-friendly activity ideas.
With over 60,000 square feet of 85+ arcade games, laser tag, an obstacle course and more, you’re guaranteed a good time.
Address: 6002 Sunnyside Rd., Indianapolis
With jungle gyms, multi-level playgrounds, arcade games and more, Kid’s Planet is a great spot to host a birthday party or just enjoy the indoors for a few hours.
Address: 499 Southpoint Circle, STE 101-102, Brownsburg
This two-story playspace is fun and educational, with STEM-focused activity centers incorporating science, art and music.
Address: 100 Surina Way, Greenwood
Bowling, laser tag, arcade games — oh my! Head to Main Event for nonstop family fun.
Address: 4016 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis
Free and open to the public, The Park’s indoor playspace is a great place for parents to unwind and kids to let out some energy.
Address: 6590 S. Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown
A play-based learning cafe, the experts at The Urban Chalkboard continue to develop play experiences, classes, camps, and activities that nurture a growth mindset in little learners.
Address: 452 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel
Free and open to children 4½ feet and under, The Playland features slides, tunnels, an area for kids under 2 and more!
Address: 7480 US-52, New Palestine
Pro tip: Plan your visit during popular morning and afternoon nap times, or eat an early lunch and get there right at noon, when everyone else will be taking a break. See our full indoor playground list here!
The world’s biggest children’s museum has numerous exhibits, daily shows and programs, member events and so much more.
Address: 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
Learn about the Hoosier story in a building made entirely from Indiana materials and catch a movie on the state’s largest IMAX screen.
Address: 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
Get to know rich and fascinating Native American and Western art, stories and culture.
Address: 500 W Washington St, Indianapolis
With two levels of NCAA trivia, games and interactive exhibits, the Hall of Champions has something for everyone.
Address: 700 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
Learn all about what makes the Hoosier state great.
Address: 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis
Have fun building a fort, playing dress up and putting on a puppet show.
Address: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers
Free to the public, this 13,000-foot nature center educates visitors with hands-on experiences, classes, after-school activities, arts and crafts, and more. Note that some classes may have fees.
Address: 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis
Look out over the bird sanctuary from the observation room and learn all about birds with hands-on kiosks and activities.
Address: 6515 Delong Road, Indianapolis
Nature lovers are invited to learn about the science of Indiana woodlands and the importance of preserving plants and animals in their natural habitats.
Address: 2000 E 151st St, Carmel
Pro tip: Call ahead or check online for kids’ activities, such as animal feedings and craft projects, to extend your time inside.
Art classes, free rotating exhibits, art camps and more will give your kids a chance to cool down and get creative this summer.
Address: 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis
Events, classes, workshops and more are offered for both kids and adults at this Carmel-based art center.
Address: 31 E. Main St. #300, Carmel
Explore the museum’s rotating and permanent exhibits and sign up for one of their many art programs.
Address: 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis
Rotating indoor exhibits, art and dance classes, family art nights, and more are available throughout the summer at GPAC!
Address: 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis
Bookstores & Libraries
Find your nearest Indianapolis Public Library branch and attend one of the many free events and activities. From writers’ workshops to reading circles, art classes to book clubs, lectures to animal shows, and everything in between, the IPL has no shortage of activities to keep your little ones entertained on hot days this summer!
Kids chess club, a drag queen reading hour and more await you and your family at Indy Reads this summer.
Address: 911 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis
Kids Ink connects kids to literature through a rich selection of books, games, puzzles, creative-play toys, events and more.
Address: 5619 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis
With nine Indiana locations and growing, family-friendly Books & Brews offers beer (for parents), food, $3 books and ample board games.
Address: Multiple locations
Pro tip: The Central Library downtown offers inexpensive underground parking (enter off Pennsylvania Street) for those days when you really don’t want to go outside.
Need some more ideas? Try these activities to burn off some excess energy!
Bounce houses/trampoline places
Indoor sports centers
Bowling – Check out the Kids Bowl Free program!